Reshma Saujani
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She was empowering and engaging. Several audience members approached our team after the event saying she was the best speaker yet. Her talk aligned with our mission, and she did it in a relatable, personal way. It was an honor to meet and work with Reshma!
United Way of Salt Lake City
We had a phenomenal event yesterday and Reshma was a DREAM to work with. She gave an engaging and powerful speech, was so gracious, made our student speaker feel comfortable and less nervous, and had a conversation with students from a local high school’s Girls Who Code club….she was just amazing!

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and Author

Reshma Saujani is an innovator and a connector with a unique talent for spotting trends and galvanizing diverse stakeholders to turn trends into movements.

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Closing the Gender Gap in Technology

It’s no secret that the tech industry has a serious gender imbalance. We live in an era in which girls are told they can do anything, so why aren’t there more women in leadership roles to look up to? In 2012, Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code with the mission of correcting this disparity. Since then, she has sparked a national conversation about increasing the number of women in tech, and Girls Who Code has reached nearly 40,000 young girls, 90 percent of whom have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science. With Google and Twitter as backers, and Facebook and AT&T (among others) signed on as mentors, the program aims to enroll 1 million women by 2020.

Drawing from her book, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, Saujani will advocate a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course, both personally and professionally. 

How to Fail First, Fail Hard and Fail Fast

Reshma Saujani is a serial failed politician. Strikingly, it is because of her failures she has built a national movement that is changing the conversation about women and technology. Recounting her personal narrative and lessons learned in this compelling, dynamic and earnest presentation, Saujani also weaves in stories of other accomplished women who have overcome roadblocks and forged new paths—women who have similarly learned to live an authentic life by taking risks and choosing to seek failure rather than fear it. Offering tools to improve resiliency and embark on new ideas, she ignites and inspires audience members to pursue risk and help reshape the country. 

Women and Leadership

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million new jobs available in computing related fields. U.S. graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill just 3%.

Join Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and author of Women Who Don't Wait in Line, as she talks about embracing the challenge to close the gender gap in technology, and why embracing risk and failure is key to success. Saujani will share how she has boldly charted her own course personally and professionally as a woman in leadership.

Meet Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is an innovator and a connector with a unique talent for spotting trends and galvanizing diverse stakeholders to turn trends into movements.

Reshma Saujani sparked a national conversation on the importance of increasing the number of women and girls in tech, convening academics, foundations, tech CEOs and community organizers to design and successfully launch Girls Who Code. As former deputy public advocate of New York City and executive director of the Fund for Public Advocacy, Reshma brought together public and private sectors to encourage entrepreneurship and civic engagement across NYC, galvanizing industry leaders to close the gender gap in STEM education, and empower girls to pursue careers in technology and engineering. She became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress, promoting smarter policies to spur innovation and job creation. Advocating for a new model of female leadership focused on risk-taking, competition and mentorship, Reshma is also the author of Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way (2013).

Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Yale Law School. She was recently named to CNBC’s Next List; Crain’s 40 Under 40; FORTUNE’s 40 Under 40; Forbes’ Most Powerful Women Changing the World; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People; Ad Age’s Creativity 50; and Business Insider’s 50 Women Who Are Changing the World. She has also been recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovator of the Year and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.

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